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How to get started with USE Together?

First time sharing a screen with USE Together? We’re here to help! If you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few helpful things to know. Ready to get started?  

What is USE Together?

You would like to work with your team on the same machine in real time even if you’re away from them? USE Together is meant for you!

USE Together is a collaborative screen sharing solution easy to use and available on both Windows and Mac.

Several studies have shown that remote work, contrary to traditional ways of working in an office, is more efficient and increases productivity. In May 2018, a study released by Zug, Switzerland-based office provider IWG found that 70% of professionals work remotely at least one day a week, while 53% work remotely for at least half of the week. (Source : www.cnbc.com)

Some remote workers sometimes need to work with their colleagues even if they are not in the same room. In this case, working all together on the very same machine, on the same project, at the same time, instead of using several different machines, can increase greatly your productivity. Everyone can thus modify a document simultaneously on a same virtual workplace. No need to send it over and over again each time your team needs to modify it! With USE Together, you can work remotely with your teammates on the very same machine. All they need is a device connected to the Internet… and nothing else!  Pretty awesome, right?

USE Together enables you to simply share your screen with your team (colleagues, collaborators, friends, customers, etc.) and gives them access to your desktop. If someone is making trouble on your desktop, don’t worry, you can quickly take back the control. Your teammates can interact with all your applications, write whatever they want, watch videos with you and many other things. Your computer becomes a real collaborative workplace. USE Together can be used for everything and brings you a more intuitive working experience to create amazing things.

Why choosing USE Together?

USE Together offers many features to give you the best screen sharing experience. We are sure you will enjoy them:

User-friendly interface: The application includes an easy-to-use contact list. You can manage your contacts: add a new contact, know when they are available or not, send text messages, voice chat and start a session with them with just one click.

Multiple mouse cursors: After starting a session, you and your team can see what you’re doing all together on your desktop in real time thanks to the multiple mouse cursors system. That’s even better than if you were sitting at the same desk, right?

Messaging zone: Communication is the best way to improve the quality of your collaborative work. During a session, you can therefore communicate with your team by sending them instant messages. You can send messages to just one of your contacts or to your whole team during a session. You also have the ability to send files to your team.

Audio chat: For a more natural way of communication, you can also directly talk with your team in real time! With USE Together, speak with your team to drive easily your session and guide your teammates in the best way without being physically next to them.

Web Browser access: If your teammates don’t want to install the USE Engine app or to subscribe, don’t worry, we also have a solution. Your team can indeed access your session through a simple web browser. Note that USE Together is compatible with the most popular ones: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari 11+.

Share what you want: You certainly don’t want your team to see your private files during a session. You can share just one app instead of your whole screen if you prefer: graphics editor, IDE, presentation software, videos, email and so on.

Swap: Quickly take the presenter role with the Swap feature. If your teammate is sharing their screen, you can in turn share yours with just one click.

Low latency: USE Together supports hardware encoding to offer you a low latency experience. No more 5 FPS screen sharing sessions, you can watch videos with all your team in real time!

Privacy Aware: USE Together respects your privacy and ensures the protection of your data. Indeed, 95% of the screen sharing sessions are made through a P2P (peer-to-peer) architecture, with no gateway between the shared screen and the clients accessing it. The last 5% are when a restrictive firewall or NAT configuration prevents a direct connection: in this case, our own relay servers are used as gateways but the communication can still only be decrypted on each end. Thus, we cannot see anything even if we wanted to.

You can install USE Together on both Windows and Mac devices. You can use it for your personal activities, for your studies or even for work. USE Together was designed to meet all your needs!

Get started with USE Together!

First of all, to start a session on your computer (as the presenter), you need to download and install USE Engine, available for both Windows and Mac users. All USE Together features are available with the USE Engine app.

The app also allows you to easily get in touch with your teammates, partners or customers. Through a web browser, you can only join an ongoing session but you can’t start a session.

After installing USE Engine, you have to create an account. To do so, all you need is an email address. After signing in, you’re all set to start your first session.

Start your first session.

Now you’re ready to start a session on USE Together. You can invite whoever you want. There are three different ways to invite people on your screen: directly in USE Engine, by sending them an email or with a simple link that you can copy and paste.

USE Together is also ideal to pair remotely with a colleague who has already USE Engine installed on their machine, you can invite them from your contact list, they will join you on your screen directly from the app.

You want to invite someone else on your ongoing session? You can add someone during a session through the app.

With USE Together, you can also send a request to join your screen to people who don’t have USE Engine app installed. You can either invite them by entering their email or simply copy and paste the link to your session. They will then be able to join your screen directly through their web browser.

Once you start a session, your team can do anything on your desktop. Don’t worry though, you can easily take back the control of your screen whenever you want.

Now that you’re ready to try USE Together, you can download it here!

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Happy screen sharing!

 

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